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April 19, 2021

Cinema Review – Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

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Head-on crash car traveling in wrong direction

Police say that two men are in hospital after an accident on the M1 overnight, when emergency services responded to reports of a crash involving two cars near Clothiers Creek

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Interview with Jean Kittson

Comedian, writer, and social commentator Jean Kittson has the ability to distil complex ideas into commonsense. Jean is one of the national treasures in conversation with Mandy Nolan and Fiona O’Loughlin at No Eggs for Breakfast, a comedic chat themed around life beyond fertility! It seemed remiss not to ask Ms Kittson on her take on the debacle that is federal politics and gender equity.

Suffolk Park Pump Track

We the ‘Engaged Neighbours’, on behalf of the Suffolk Park pump track’s affected neighbours and 300–400 petitioners and letter writers, request Council NOT to continue to bulldoze the large fenced in section of Linda Vidler Parkland adjacent to Baz and Shaz’s shop, close to the houses on three sides.

Holiday letting policy adopted by NSW govt

New state rules on short-term holiday lets (STHL) for NSW, announced late last week, won’t be introduced to the Byron Shire until as late as February next year, as the local housing crisis intensifies.

Professor Graham Samuel says dementia care is personal

In a moving address to the National Press Club in Canberra yesterday, Dementia Australia Chair Professor Graham Samuel AC shared his personal experience of dementia – the anguish, bewilderment, frustration and torment experienced by his mother as she descended into the abyss of the disease.

Rotary Downunder Baton handed over at Byron Bay

The Rotary Club of Byron Bay recently took the Rotary Downunder Baton to the most easterly point of Australia as part of its national journey. As well as being the national celebration of one hundred years of service by Rotary in Australia, the theme for the centenary is 'Rotary says no to domestic violence'.

Tweed council adopts Jack Evans Boat Harbour plan

The Tweed Shire Council has announced that they have adopted the Plan of Management for the Jack Evans Boat Harbour precinct.

maze-runner-scorch-trialsIn the line of duty, I’ve seen some doozy zombies over the years (who could ever forget the beauties in I Am Legend?), but the ones in this overblown teen sci-fi epic take the cadaver in the freak-out stakes. Quite late in proceedings, as though included as an afterthought, the first of them emerges dripping scum from the wall of an unlit cavern and chomps the head off a poor mangy rat before making slavering pursuit of our heroes.

Honestly, I had to laugh out loud. A brief re-cap at the beginning of the movie is intended to keep us up to speed with at what stage of manic flight and rebellion the cute youngsters have found themselves, but it’s all starting to look like a gluggy overcooked stew of Hunger Games, Divergent and Maze Runner 1 (the latest instalment of which might have more accurately been sub-titled ‘The Skid Marks’). As is the genre’s rule, the story is post-apocalypse in its setting and, another mandatory component, the rulers are a bunch of cruel fascist bastards. There is some sort of plague devastating the established order and youngsters are being farmed for their bodies’ fluids in the ongoing research to find a vaccine. Having escaped their oppressors, the ‘Gladers’ strike out for the promise of freedom in the distant mountains. The alpha-male in the group, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), bears an unsettling resemblance to Tony Perkins’s Norman Bates, but the kids love him and, by Jove, he does manage to come up with the goods, albeit at the last excruciating minute, as the bizarrely cast Patricia Clarkson’s heavies chase them here and there. How they happened to find themselves zonked out in a scene reminiscent of a party at Andy Warhol’s factory was no more baffling to me than the divine Patsy Cline’s Walking After Midnight being played while a warehouse is razed to the ground as the Gladers flee from it. But never mind, it’ll be on again next year – although I doubt that they’ll be able to improve on those zombies.


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